Book Marketing Amidst Thorns and Thistles

Over Labor Day weekend, I decided to tackle a long-neglected area of my yard. I pulled out weeds and cleared brush.

The weather was hot, so I wore a short sleeve shirt. Only later did I realize that I must have tangled with some Poison Oak when large red welts began to appear on my arms. The damage was not pretty.

As soon as I noticed the allergic reaction, I began to treat the affected areas. I also prayed—asking Jesus to heal me. In my prayer, I reminded God that I was only doing what he wanted me to do—to subdue the Earth and rule over it (Genesis 1:28).

While praying, I was reminded that God told Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you; …It will produce thorns and thistles for you” (Genesis 3:17-18).

I had certainly run into some nasty thorns and thistles. As I pondered this, I got to thinking that we don’t just run into thorns and thistles while doing yardwork. We also run into thorns and thistles in other areas when we assert dominion.

As a Christian author or publisher, you run into thorns and thistles in the writing, publishing, and marketing of your books. After all, your writing is part of ruling with God on the Earth (Go into all the world and make disciples).

As a Christian author or publisher, you run into all sorts of thorns and thistles like:

  • Computer crashes where work is lost
  • Cancelled events
  • Lost packages when shipping books
  • Money spent on advertising that does not bring results
  • Book launches that flop

It’s good to remember that while we have to deal with thorns and thistles, that is not all that our work produces.

In the same sentence that God tells Adam “It will produce thorns and thistles for you”, God also says:

“…and you will eat the plants of the field.”

We may run into thorns and thistles, but our work will also bring about fruit. So, while you are struggling with the thorns and the thistles, take heart, good crop is also growing. Your efforts—taken for the glory of God—are not made in vain.

Trust God. Ask him to bless your work. He is faithful and tends the seeds that you plant with your books. Good fruit will come—even though you have to fight the thorns and the thistles in the process.

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Double Your Book Marketing with This Little Trick

What would you think if I told you that you could double your marketing efforts with just one little move?

Double Your Book Marketing

It is possible—and indie author David Winters has done it.

David recently published a “making faith real” book for men. Exercise Your Faith: Defeating the Lies Men Believe examines thirty plus lies that can derail effectiveness and steal satisfaction.

Playing on his title, Exercise Your Faith, David decided that using a healthy, fit male as the image for his book’s cover would have the most impact in drawing men to the book. David happens to have a friend who is a fitness guru and owns a gym.

In a brilliant move, David asked his friend Nick Singer if he would like to be on the cover of his book. Of course, David’s fitness friend said yes. After all, who wouldn’t want that type of exposure? Who wouldn’t want to be able to talk about their fame from being featured on the cover of a book?

Exercise Your FaithBut, the exchange was not been just one-way. In being featured on the David’s book cover, Nick Singer became invested in the book.

Nick is a Christian. He wants to serve God and further His kingdom. To that end, he got onboard with helping David promote the book.

One of the marketing activities that the two have done together is to hold the book launch party at the Nick’s gym Fitology. At the launch party, David and Nick did a double book signing. The fitness guru signed the cover (since that is where he is featured) and David, as the author, signed the interior of the book.

So, in addition to selling books to people who know+like+trust the author, David is also able to sell books to people who know+like+trust his friend Nick, the fitness guru.

In case you don’t do math, two people promoting a book to their respective audiences means double the book marketing.

Do you want to sell more books? Then, consider who you might feature on the cover of your next book.

After all, in giving someone celebrity status by featuring them on your book’s cover, you will invest them in the sales of the book.

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